HUNTSVILLE - Head Coach Todd Whitten was pleased with his top two
quarterbacks but upset with the number of penalties and mental errors as Sam Houston State completed its first week of preseason football camp with an 80-minute scrimmage at Bowers Stadium Saturday.
Oklahoma transfer Rhett Bomar, quarterbacking the number one unit for 30 of the 100 plays during the scrimmage, completed seven of 10 passes for 105 yards. He also rushed five times for 47 yards.
Bomar threw a four-yard touchdown pass to tight end Blake Martin to complete an eight-play, 65-yard scoring drive to open practice. Bomar's 37-yard pass to running back Chris Poullard on the second play of the drive set up the score.
Later, Bomar ran for a 29-yard tally.
Senior Brett Hicks, running 30 plays with the number two offense, completed seven of 11 passes for 85 yards and a score.
The scrimmage was marred by 18 penalties.
"All the penalties were disappointing, but the players have worked hard in the heat this week and this is our first time with officials so some of that can be expected," Whitten said. "We made some big plays, especially on third downs and our top two quarterbacks played well."
Sam Houston State will open the 2007 season on Thursday, Aug. 30, with a home game with Angelo State. The Bearkats have one more major scrimmage scheduled next Saturday, Aug. 18.
"When we get up and look at the tapes, I'm sure we'll find a lot of bright
spots," Whitten said. "We've been pleased with the effort this week. The coaching staff has been especially pleased with our freshman class. For the most part, they reported in shape and they look solid. We think we're going to be an improved team, but we still need a lot of work. Next week, we will do a lot of work on different offensive and defensive situations."